During the next two weeks while Jonathan Toews is out of the lineup, there’s a few things the Hawks have to do in order to secure themselves of as many points as possible.
- Don’t take unneccessary penalties, especially when the opponent has a top 10 power play unit.
- Maximize every roster spot to its fullest. If you’re already down one of your best skill players, it does absolutely no good to have someone like say, John Scott, chewing up another roster spot while someone like Jack Skille sits. I get the John Scott obsession, I mean I think I do, but now is not the time.
- Scoring three goals should be enough to at least get a point.
The Hawks failed in all of those categories on Thursday night and it cost them a point in the standings. The Sharks capitalized twice on the power play and on the game-winning goal, Jassen Cullimore’s penalty had just expired when Joe Thornton tipped it past Marty Turco. So essentially, the Sharks scored three times thanks to their power play.
Meanwhile, the Hawks capitalized on two power plays themselves, put themselves back in the game miraculously in the final 30 seconds of the second period, only to see it all slip away in the third period.
If there’s any silver lining in the loss, (and believe me, it’s tough to find any these days) it appears that John Scott may sit for at least a game. Scott had an awful first period. He was unable to get the puck deep into the San Jose zone which led to Scot Nichol’s goal. He took a lazy penalty which San Jose scored on and only had (maybe) two to three shifts after that.
So there’s that.